Canada 1977-2007

Canada’s ballet ambassador returns to help shape more generations of dancers

Alberta Ballet

Grant MacEwan

Edmonton Chamber Ballet


Order of Canada

After 17 years, David had started to think of England as home. After his stint with Ballet for All, he returned to Canada. Not, as many thought, to Toronto. Instead he landed in Edmonton with the Alberta Ballet and was picked up at the airport by Lambros Lambrou, who had been a student at the Royal Ballet School.

Finding himself wearing too many hats, David moved on to help set up the theatre program at Grant MacEwan College. He was allowed creative direction for many years in the Theatre, Dance and Outreach program, and inspired another generation of students.

During this time, he continued to teach in the community (Citie Ballet, Ballet North, Festival Ballet, among others), as well as adjudicating and choreographing … and performing.

Order of Canada

From the official citation read out by Governor General Adirenne Clarkson on the day she invested David Adams into the Order of Canada, September 2, 2005 More


Outside of the College, David worked with many local studios More

Edmonton Chamber Ballet

The Artistic Director More

Alberta Ballet Company

The man of many hats: David Adams performed many roles under then Artistic Director Brydon Paige More

Grant MacEwan College

The College Instructor More